Mike Bryan wins Wimbledon for 17th Slam, 1st without brother

first_imgElorde grandson KOs Thai foe in Pacquiao-Matthysse undercard Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ This is Sock’s second Wimbledon title. He paired with Vasek Pospisil to defeat the Bryans in the 2014 final.“There was one guy I was going to play doubles with in this tournament, and it would be Mike Bryan, half of the greatest doubles team,” Sock said.The final lasted 3½ hours and began with the retractable roof open, then ended with it shut for the last set.When Klaasen and Venus — who were trying to win their first Grand Slam title — held a set point in the fourth, Bryan was called for a foot fault on a second serve. That meant he double-faulted, giving the set away and forcing a fifth.There were about 20 minutes of daylight left, and Sock said: “I’m good to call it for the night. I can’t see.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Mike Bryan and Jack Sock of the United States hug after winning their men’s doubles final match against South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and New Zealand’s Michael Venus at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — Mike Bryan found himself a suitable backup partner for Wimbledon and the result was a record-tying 17th Grand Slam men’s doubles title — and his first without his twin brother.Bryan teamed with Jack Sock for only their second tournament together, and the American duo edged Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday night in the final at Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENT The decision was made to close the dome and turn on the artificial lights, so the match could continue until its conclusion.The key break came with Klaasen serving at 5-all, when he pushed a volley long after Sock sent a big forehand right at him. Bryan then served out the victory.John Newcombe is the only other man in tennis history with 17 Grand Slam doubles trophies. The most he won with one partner was 12, though. The Bryans’ 16 as a pair is a record.They had played doubles with each other in a record 76 consecutive major tournaments until Bob missed the French Open in May.Mike entered Roland Garros with Sam Querrey, and they lost in the first round.Mike then played at a grass-court tuneup with Sock last month, their only event before Wimbledon.“It feels like we’re getting better every match,” Mike said. “We’re starting to jell. If Bob can’t come back, we’ll play this summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES The 40-year-old Bryan is the oldest man in the Open era to win the doubles title at the All England Club.He won his first 16 major championships, which included three others at Wimbledon, with his twin, Bob, who is sidelined right now because of a hip injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I want to dedicate this title to him, because I’m sure he’s watching on TV,” Bryan said in an interview with the BBC after the victory, mentioning that their grandfather passed away recently.Sock also mentioned Bob in his post-match remarks, saying: “The tour misses him. He’s a legend and icon in tennis. I’m just filling in here for one of the greatest of all time.” Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View commentslast_img read more

Triplets’ Mother Seeks Assistance

first_imgMaima Massaquoi, who recently gave birth to triplets at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Sinkor, is seeking assistance from well-meaning Liberians, philanthropists, as well as from the government of Liberia.According to Maima, the triplets, who include two girls and a boy, were a blessing from God. She was therefore appealing for humanitarian assistance to help her give the children a ‘head-start’ in life, being short of everything that the children need.“My husband and I cannot bring up these children now. Things are not good for us. He does not have a good job for now, and we still have to take care of them—look for good food for them. Even the clothes they need require money. We are doing our best while we await others’ help.”Ms. Massaquoi explained that she was satisfied with her God-given gifts and any help to the children would—in her heart—take second place only to what God has provided her family through His goodness and grace.When we spoke to a neighbor of the triplet’s mother, Mr. Gabriel Hina, Sr., he said the mother of the triplets was in dire straits, and needed assistance to bring up them up.According to Maima, they were born on February 3, this year, and currently reside in the Bangay-Town community; she can be reached on the following numbers: 0886-408823, 0886-516291.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carter Center Provides Livelihood for Mental Health Patients

first_imgThe Sinoe County Health Team, with support from The Carter Center’s (TCC) Mental Health Beyond Facilities Project, has completed two weeks training for a newly formed Patient Support Group in various types of soap making, according to a TCC press release.The training, which involved people living with mental illness and their caregivers, included skills development in soap making, effective handling of harmful materials, microfinance and opportunities for accessing microloans, and training in self-care and stress management. “This training, supported by TCC, seeks to improve the economic status of persons with severe mental disorders and epilepsy,” Sidney Bowier, a social worker and the lead for Sinoe County’s Social Work Services said. According to Bowier, the training is one component of many activities under a community-based mental health program entitled, “Mental Health Beyond Facilities” (MHBF), which has been going on in Sinoe County since 2012. “The Patient Support Group (PSG) concept,” the release said, “was developed to bring together groups comprising caregivers and persons with mental illness to provide support to others, and undertake activities that promote income generation for them.” “The PSG idea came from a three-country project that includes Uganda and Nepal,” added TCC staff Wilfred Gwaikolo.According to Gwaikolo, in Uganda, TCC has been using patient support groups that include a livelihood component very successfully.The PSG concept focuses on improving livelihoods of households of persons with mental illness and epilepsy by providing opportunities for micro-financing businesses and to participate in their community’s economic activities. So far, two groups have been formed in two communities in Sinoe County.In the Kabada Community, the PSG identified soap making as their choice of enterprise “because their community is near a concession area, and soap making is in demand and sells faster.” The Kabada PSG will produce large quantities of soap and distribute them among group members for sale.The soap making training will include the production of two types of soap, including a local Liberian ‘iron soap’ and liquid soap.By the end of two week training, participants would have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge needed to produce quality soap.The MHBF project is led by TCC Liberia Mental Health Program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Sinoe County Health Team and the Liberia Center of Outcomes Research in Mental Health.The project seeks to reduce the treatment gap between need and interventions, promote individual and family livelihood and reduce stigma, while enhancing effective psychosocial functioning of persons with severe mental disorders and epilepsy, and members of their family. It is being implemented at 10 clinics in six districts in Sinoe County. Since February last year, over 150 persons with mental health problems and epilepsy have benefited from the project, according to the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keri Mikkelsen wins big at Fort St. John Rodeo

first_imgLanden Horsely: 72.0 – $222.77Kale Mikkelsen: 69.0 – $170.35Isaac Janzen: 66.0 – $117.94Barrel Racing:Keri Mikkelsen: 18.682 seconds – $1,118.94Caitlin Olson: 18.711 seconds – $887.43Cassidy Corr: 18.919 seconds – $617.34Junior Barrel Racing:Resse Rivet: 18.764 seconds – $303.21Marika Van Tunen: 18.914 seconds – $231.87Mollie English: 19.018 seconds – $160.52PW Barrel Racing:Macey Freemantle: 19.6 seconds – $126.85Kaitlyn Lulua: 21.128 seconds – $97.01Cali Schippman: 23.525 seconds – $67.16Junior Breakaway Roping:Ryan Collett: 4.4 seconds – $290.84Carson Weaver: 4.6 seconds – $222.40Kale Mikkelsen: 6.4 seconds – $153.97Team Roping:Advertisement Logan Wharry and Mike Beers: 5.1 seconds – $1,004.64 eachCody Brett and Riley Olin: 6.9 seconds – $795.34 eachTroy Gerard and Rod Spiers: 7.2 seconds – $669.76 eachFor the full list of results from the Fort St. John Rodeo click here. Chance Bolin: 70.0 – $770.59Tie Down Roping:Ben Jackson: 11.2 seconds – $788.97Steve Llyod: 12 seconds – $603.33Cody Brett: 13.4 seconds – $417.69Steer Wrestling:Dan Corr: 4 seconds – $637.36Cody Brett: 5.8 seconds – $487.40Clayton Moore: 18 seconds – $337.43Breakaway Roping:Barb Beer: 3 seconds – $765.31Chyann Corr: 3.5 seconds – $606.97Carson Weaver: 4.6 seconds – $422.24Junior Steer Riding:Advertisementcenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rodeo made its way to town last weekend.Over 272 athletes competed in all kinds of major rodeo events at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds.The big winner from the event was Keri Mikkelsen as her win of the barrel racing granted her $1,118.94 in prize money. Logan Wharry and Mike Beers weren’t far behind in earning cash as they each got $1,004.64 for winning the team roping.- Advertisement -Winners from the rodeo are shown below:Bareback:Keifer Larson: 73.0 – $572.39Christoph Muigg: 69.0 – $437.71Saddlebronc: Advertisementlast_img read more

Cal State Men

first_imgBut Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver isn’t giving either team a free pass to Monday’s title tilt. “There are a lot of talented teams in the field,” he said. “No one is going to have an easy game. It is a very balanced field with every team capable of winning it.” Because the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team must make the 800-mile trek to the remotely located rainforest that is Humboldt State University, it can do so knowing it is playing its best basketball of the season. The Coyotes (22-5) are the No. 2 seed in the eight-team Division II West Regional that begins today. The host Lumberjacks (24-3), who have won 13 straight games and have not lost on their home floor, are the favorite. The two juggernauts are on a collision course to meet in a final that would pit the nation’s No. 4 team against the No. 8. “He is playing now like the guy I recruited,” Oliver said. “That’s what I expected all season. It’s a good time for him to be playing up to that potential.” Rounding out the starting core are Harris (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 spg), senior forward Chet Johnson (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2 spg) and senior forward Yoseph Yaisrael (7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg) with Lance Ortiz (5.9 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg) and Marlon Pierce (6.5 ppg, 3 apg, 1.8 spg) taking turns at the point. Key reserves are backup center Greg Williams (6.2 ppg) and junior sharp-shooter David Reichel (6 ppg). The Coyotes are second in the nation in steals, averaging 11.8 per game. Five Coyotes were in the top 10 in the CCAA in that category. The team’s 320 broke the previous school single-season total of 291 set in 2002-03. “We’re playing much better defensively,” Oliver said. “We’re doing better in transition, not giving up so many easy buckets and we’re generating some offense with what we’re creating defensively.” The Seasiders will have plenty of size to matchup with Johnson in 6-9 sophomore Wu Tai-Hao (106 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.6 bpg) out of Taiwan and 6-9 freshman Lucas Alves (14.6 ppg, 6 rpg) out of Brazil. Other starters are junior guard Corey Nielson (7.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.6 apg), junior guard Paul Peterson (8.7 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.8 apg) and senior guard Eric Boyce (10. 7 ppg). “We know it’s going to be tough but we’re ready,” Yaisrael said. All of Cal State’s games in the tournament can be heard on radio, KTIE-590. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Coyotes open play at 2:30 p.m. against No. 7 Brigham Young-Hawaii (20-7), the Pacific West Conference runner-up. It will the Coyotes’ eighth regional appearance in the last nine years with last year being the exception. The Coyotes are 3-3 against teams in the field. They split games with Humboldt, with each team winning on its home floor, and defeated both No. 4 Seattle Pacific (86-66) and No. 5 Grand Canyon (104-60) in December. The trouble came with local rival Cal Poly Pomona, which beat the Coyotes twice and looms as the potential semifinal foe. The Coyotes are riding an eight-game win streak, and confident as are playing better than they were when they lost at East Gym a month ago 89-78. “We’re not the same team. We’re playing much better,” senior guard Prentice Harris said. “And we have played here before so we know what it’s all about. We’ll be ready, no excuses.” Much of the optimism is due to the recent play of 6-foot-8 senior Ivan Johnson (14.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), who is averaging 19 points over his last nine games and 24 over the last four. The University of Oregon transfer has been a factor on both ends of the floor and has been able to keep his emotions in check. last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: Top 20 most selected players in the league

first_imgIt’s now just one week until you have to submit your final Fantasy Premier League teams ahead of the first week of the season. Want to have a sneak peak at what everybody else is doing? Well you’ve come to the right place.In this list, talkSPORT gives you the inside track by showing you the 20 footballers who have been chosen more than any others by Fantasy Premier League managers across the globe.The players are ranked by the percentage of teams they have been selected in, meaning a player with 0% has not been selected by any FPL managers around the world, while a player with 100% has been selected by everyone!Find out who are the most selected players in the Fantasy Premier League before the start of the 2016/17 season by clicking the right arrow above… 21 21 CLICK THE RIGHT ARROW ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO SEE THE 20 MOST SELECTED PLAYERS IN THE FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE 20: Selected by 16.1% of Fantasy Premier League managers – Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 1: Selected by 41.7% – David de Gea (Manchester United) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 3: Selected by 34.0% – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – £11.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player =15: Selected by 17.3% – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 21 21 21 17: Selected by 17.1% – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £10.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 21 7: Selected by 25.5% – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 6: Selected by 26.7% – Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 13: Selected by 17.9% – Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 14: Selected by 17.8% – Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) – £4.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 18: Selected by 16.8% – John Stones (Everton) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player =15: Selected by 17.3% – Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £11.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 2: Selected by 38.0% – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £13.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 19: Selected by 16.6% – Eric Dier (Tottenham) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 12: Selected by 18.9% – Petr Cech (Arsenal) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 21 21 21 11: Selected by 22.7% – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 8: Selected by 23.8% – Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 10: Selected by 23.2% – Wes Morgan (Leicester) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 21 4: Selected by 31.2% – Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 21 21 21 21 9: Selected by 23.3% – N’Golo Kante (Leicester) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player 5: Selected by 30.8% – Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player last_img read more


first_imgScoil Chartha Kilcar 5-6 v Kilmacrennan NS 1-10:A windswept Páirc Tabhóige, Glenfin was the setting for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Roinn 3 boys final featuring Scoil Chartha, Kilcar against Kilmacrennan NS. This was the first time in a number of years that these two schools from opposite ends of the county came together in direct opposition at schools level. An early exchange of scores on the board helped both sides to settle into their stride. The majority of the first half was nip and tuck with never more than two points between them. However, this was to change shortly before half time when the Kilcar boys struck with two quick- fire goals to put them into a commanding lead coming up to the half time whistle.Kilmacrennan started the second half with a couple of early scores to narrow the gap to four. However, the Kilcar boys went up the field within a few minutes and struck the vital third goal to put them well in control. Try as they might the boys from Kilmacrennan could not get back into the game and it was the boys from the south-west who were celebrating at the final whistle. Great team performances from both sets of players with a high standard of skills being displayed throughout which were a credit to their schools and teachers.Pic top- Co board delegate Manus O’Donnell presenting the Roinn 3 shield to the winning Scoil Chartha team. Pic below- Scoil Chartha, Kilcar (Roinn 3 county champions)Kilmacrennan NS ( Roinn 3 runners-up) below:  ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL ROINN 3 BOYS FINAL was last modified: April 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL ROINN 3 BOYS FINALkilcarkilmacrennanScoil Chartha Kilcar 5-6 v Kilmacrennan NS 1-10:last_img read more

Do you recognise these Donegal women pictured in Antrim?

first_imgPhotographer Bill Guiller took this gorgeous snap of two Donegal ladies last weekend at the Dark Hedges, the picturesque road in Antrim used in ‘A Game of Thrones’!The two ladies posed for Bill, who was searching for subjects for his portfolio. Bill gave them his email so as he could share the professional picture with the women, but so far he has not heard from them and is worried they may have lost his contact details.Speaking to Donegal Woman, Bill says he hopes the power of social media will help him find these ladies! He explained that after attending the Portrush airshow, he called into Dark Hedges on his way home. He got chatting to the women and they mentioned that they were visiting from Donegal.“They were getting photos and I offered to take one as much for myself to get subjects in. I gave them my email to send  the picture on but no reply as yet but thought it was a pretty decent picture and would love to get it to them.”If you recognise these women please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@donegaldaily.com or drop us a line on our Facebook page so as we can share the picture with them!Do you recognise these Donegal women pictured in Antrim? was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dark hedgesholidayPhotographylast_img read more

South Africa pushes ‘e-skills’

first_img27 August 2007The South African government is to establish a council to oversee the development of “e-skills” in the country, while a number of leading local and international IT companies are to set up new training centres in SA, it was announced on the weekend.Speaking to journalists after meeting with an advisory council on information society and development in Kwazulu-Natal, President Thabo Mbeki said that improving South Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure would be futile if people did not possess the necessary skill to use the technology.The new e-skills council, comprising members of government, business and academia, would “very rapidly” drive the process of improving ICT skills in the country, Mbeki said.Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri were among those who attended the latest meeting of the council, set up to advise the government on ICT trends and ways of encouraging economic development.At the meeting, a number of corporations outlined their plans for contribute to skills development in South Africa.Hewlett Packard (HP) announced a R150-million initiative, dubbed the HP Business Institute, designed to provide subsidised training to small black-owned ICT companies.Ken Willett, MD of HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, said the institute would provide its students with comprehensive training, including not only traditional IT-related training but also general business training in areas such as marketing communications and business management.Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle also announced proposals for the launch of centres to provide ICT training and job placement.Oracle said that, according to industry statistics, the demand for skills in South Africa’s ICT sector – which currently employs approximately 200 000 people – would exceed the supply by as much as 24% by 2009.“The skills shortage in the manufacturing sector alone will lag by 14 000 ICT specialists in 2010,” the company said in statement.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA hosts a cricket revolution

first_img28 September 2007South Africa – “the rainbow nation” – has one of the more colourful national flags, and the abiding memory of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships will be one of colour, with fans from far and wide becoming part of the spectacle as sports and entertainment collided in a wildly successful first edition of the shortest form of international cricket.The organisers, by making dancers and DJs an integral feature at every match, created a vibe and energy that was sorely missed at the World Cup in the West Indies earlier in the year.The combination of sport and entertainment was reflected in the excitement of the supporters, and it rubbed off on the players as they interacted with the crowds to a far greater degree than had previously been seen in other forms of cricket.The best of cricketIt was as if both the fans and the players brought out the best in each other, and thus the best of cricket emerged in a tournament that many feel will transform the way cricket is viewed in future.Some have expressed the opinion that the game, through T20 cricket, is undergoing a revolution in much the same way as the sport was forever changed by Kerry Packer and World Series Cricket in the 1970s, which saw the introduction of coloured clothing for the players, and significantly increased salaries.In many ways, Twenty20 cricket is tailored to today’s world, a fast-moving world of instant gratification. It’s like a meal that is ready in two minutes from a drive-through restaurant; it satisfies and is enjoyable.An instant highlights packageIt takes three hours to complete a game and, because of its limited nature – 20 overs per side – the players have to take greater risks. Taking greater risks results in big rewards (and big failures), but there it is, an instant highlights’ package with just enough meat to it that skill wins out over luck.The International Cricket Council (ICC) needed the inaugural T20 World Championships to make a good impression – they say first impressions count – and their choice of South Africa as the venue for the event paid off . BIG TIME.After the completion of the tournament, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed called it a “great event” and paid tribute to tournament director Steve Elworthy for the manner in which it was run.Hosted with styleSpeed said South Africa hosted the championships with style and added that the intense fare dished up on the fields by the teams, along with their spirited efforts, contributed in a big way to some great matches.Some cynics feared that the T20 game would be an uneven contest favouring bowlers over batsmen, but it didn’t turn out that way. Many concerns expressed before the tournament were quieted, and in most cases, it seems, those cynics were turned into converts and supporters of Twenty 20 cricket.South Africa was given the stage to promote the game and the production passed with flying colours.The finalAs it was, with South Africa having missed out on the semi-finals by losing to India, the cricket Gods offered up the next best thing as the Indians qualified to face Pakistan in the final, in a meeting of traditional rivals.Almost nothing had separated the two teams when they met earlier in the tournament as India edged Pakistan on a bowl out after the sides had both totaled 151. The title deciding clash was almost as close.As had been the case when India played in Durban, one could have been forgiven for feeling as if Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team was playing on home soil. The Wanderers was awash with Indian flags and shirts as Pakistan took to the field after India had won the toss and elected to bat.Good effortLed by opener Gautam Gambhir, who hit 75 off only 54 deliveries, India tallied 157 for 5 in their 20 overs. It was a good effort, but the Indians struggled to break free and post an imposing challenge to Pakistan’s batsmen.Apart from Gambhir, only Rohit Sharma, with an unbeaten 30, made it beyond the mid-teens.Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers, capturing 3 for 28 in his four overs as India averaged 7.85 runs per over.The Pakistanis, in reply, found themselves hamstrung by the regular loss of wickets. After 16 overs, they had reached 104 for 7 and it looked as India was on its way to a comfortable victory.Swinging momentumHowever, it is the nature of T20 cricket that a couple of big blows can change the complexion of the game and so it proved as Misbah ul-Haq went after Harbhajan Singh in the 17th over. He smashed the second, fifth and sixth balls over midwicket for six as Harbhajan conceded 19 runs.The assault on the off-spinner left Pakistan on 123 for 7, needing 35 for victory with three overs in hand. With Misbah striking the ball cleanly, it was anybody’s game.Sreesanth came back into the attack at the start of the 18th over and was immediately dispatched over long-on for six by Sohail Tanvir. Sreesanth, an excitable cricketer, then sent down a wide, followed by a leg bye, no run, and a single.With his fifth delivery, the bowler strayed onto Tanvir’s pads and the batsman helped himself to another six, lofting the ball over square leg.Clearing the boundariesAt 138 for 7, and with Tanvir and Misbah suddenly clearing the boundaries with regularity, it appeared as if Pakistan had seized the initiative back from India. The next ball, however, the momentum swung back India’s way as Sreesanth yorked Tanvir, knocking over his off stump.Pakistan needed 20 runs to win from two overs, with the dangerous Misbah ul-Haq still at the crease. Dhoni brought back RP Singh into the attack. The left-arm paceman, India’s most successful bowler during the tournament, conceded only one run, a leg bye, and a bye in his first four balls, ratcheting up the pressure on Pakistan.It paid off when, with his fifth ball, he knocked back Umar Gul’s leg stump. Now, the Indians looked well and truly in command. However, a four struck by Mohammed Asif off the first ball he faced, raised doubts in the minds of India’s supporters as Pakistan finished the over on 145 for 9.Final overWhen Joginder Sharma took the ball for the last over of the final, the Pakistanis needed 13 runs to win, while India required just one more wicket.Sharma barely found the pitch with his first ball, bowling a wide way outside the off stump, which meant Pakistan required two runs a ball to win.Misbah failed to score from the next delivery, but the second ball of the over was a full toss outside off-stump and he took full advantage of it, smashing it straight back down the ground for six.A six was needed for Pakistan to win.Sharma’s next ball was full and on the stumps. Misbah went for a scoop over short fine-leg, but the ball went straight up into the air and Sreesanth took the catch to give India a tension-filled victory by five runs.Brilliant gameA brilliant game, worthy of a World Championships final, had brought the curtain down on a wonderfully successful event. India’s players and their fans celebrated wildly as the triumphant team took a lap of honour of “The Bull Ring”.The Pakistan and Indian players then met to congratulate one another before India took off on further celebrations. It was an appropriate end to a “great event”.Irfan Pathan was named man of the match for his haul of 3 for 16 in four overs, while there was some consolation for Pakistan as Shahid Afridi was named man of the series.A major boostIndia’s victory is sure to be a major boost for T20 cricket; the country has the world’s largest and most rabid fan base and with the Indians now world champions of the game it is sure to enjoy a huge surge in popularity.As an opportunity to showcase South Africa’s ability to host a major sporting event, the tournament met and then surpassed all expectations.It raises hopes and fuels optimism that the Fifa World Cup in 2010 will follow in the footsteps of other South African successes, such as the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and the Cricket World Cup in 2003. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more